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From Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Sete Cidades Quad Tour

1. From Ponta Delgada: Full-Day Sete Cidades Quad Tour

Your tour starts at Ponta Delgada with a briefing about the vehicles and how to manage them. Then, set off to the lakes. During the climb there are amazing viewpoints from both sides of the island. Stop at Lagoa das Empadadas, for views over the volcanic cones to Ribeira Grande.  The adventure really begins at the off-road trail in Cumeeira, with amazing views over the volcano, the mountains, and the ocean. For lunch, enjoy a regional buffet and take some time to explore the village. The tour continues around the green and the blue lakes, with some explanations from the guide about area. Then it's time to go up to the mountains to enjoy views over Lagoa do Santiago, Cerrado das Freiras, and Vista do Rei. For those who just want to drive an all-terrain quad, and for those who want to explore the natural beauty of this region, you will certainly find the adventure you are looking for.

Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

2. Private 4x4 Tailored Tour from Ponta Delgada

Set off on a full-day adventure to discover the island of Sao Miguel in a 4x4 vehicle. With private tour that can be fully customized, you decide what to do and when. Explore the craters of Sete Cidades, visit the romantic town of Furnas, or discover Lagoa do Fogo. Get picked up from your hotel by your driver/guide to start this incredible experience. A number of itineraries are available that you can discuss with the driver on the day of your tour. Choose to visit the parishes around Sete Cidades, to discover the lakes, craters, and hot springs around the area.  Alternatively, head in the direction of Furnas and take a tour of the most beautiful town on the island. See fumaroles and hot springs as you admire the lush vegetation around Furnas lake. Take a short hike if you wish, and see how traditional pottery is made locally.   If you love nature then choose to discover the two biggest lakes on Sao Miguel, Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Admire the blue waters and stop at Caldeira Velha to enjoy a swim in a naturally-heated waterfall. Explore a 4x4 trail to another waterfall, and take a short hike if you like. Witness volcanic activity at Ribeira Grande, a small town in Caldeiras.

Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

3. Sete Cidades: Half-Day ATV Quad Tour

Drive a quad or ATV on this adventurous tour and experience the beauty of São Miguel Island. Reach the highest peaks of the mountains that surround Sete Cidades Volcano, dash along dirt roads, and absorb the incredible views of the lakes and ocean. Take the opportunity to visit some of the trails that are part of the Azores Airlines Rallye and enjoy both on-road and offroad moments. Expect adventure and stunning natural sights as your guides ensure your safety throughout the tour.

Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

4. Sete Cidades Azores 4x4 Day Tour from Ponta Delgada

On this full-day tour, visit the Sete Cidades Massif, a field of alkali-basalt cinder cones and lava flows, and an area very popular for its lakes and surrounding hills. Departing from Ponta Delgada, travel up the mountain top that forms the caldera of a volcano where the lakes are located. Additionally, you will visit Empadadas and Carvão lakes, which will give you the opportunity to admire the beauty of untouched nature. Learn more about how volcanic activity formed the landscape. At lunchtime, stop off at a typical restaurant in the village of Sete CIdades, where you will eat a traditional meal. Then continue on, passing Vista do Rei, one of the island's top tourist destinations. Next, head to the Mosteiros, famous for its natural swimming pools, fishing harbor, and sandy beach of black basalt. On the way back to Ponta Delgada, you will also see the hot bathing spots caused by fumaroles on the coast.

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What people are saying about Sete Cidades

Filipo our guide was fantastic. Due to a misunderstanding, we thought our quad tour started in the afternoon, instead of in the morning. Filipo called us to ask why we didn’t attend our appointment. After the explanation he did everything to make sure we still could come, so an hour later than planned we arrived at the startingpoint and started the tour. My father was a bit scared of driving the quad. In the end Filip took over the quad, so my father could drive his buggy, so we still could do the activity with the whole family. It was a great experience, driving over dirt roads through the fields, amidst the flowers and bushes. We made a few stops on viewing points, where he explained things about the highlights and we could ask him a lot about the island, vegetation and how it is to live on the azores. He wasn’ t rushed, although we left later than planned. The highlights for me were the old aquaduct, sete cidades and the elephant trunk/ path along the atlantic coast.

I thought it was exciting in the beginning but after fifteen minutes I felt like James Bond. Up, down, potholes, hills...no problem. Filipe is a very good guide. Follow the leader and everything will be fine. Great views. Tip: dress warmly, garden gloves, rag for your face against dust and insects. I say: do that tour!

One of the best holiday days The tour was interesting, fun and the whole family enjoyed it very much, We went to see places we would not have seen otherwise. Hikes, waterfalls, hot pools and historic sites. Our guide knew his botanics, geography, geology, history and the local secrets.

Everything is great! Starting with the guide Ruben, who is great (best guide ever). The quads are in very good condition and the ride is magnificent. The views are breathtaking. I can only recommend

A great tour! Unfortunately, visibility wasn't optimal because of the fog, but you always have to reckon with that in the Azores! The route we drove was very scenic!